By Calvin Palmer
The number cases of swine flu in the United States has risen to 40 after authorities confirmed 28 cases in students at a private school in New York City.
More than 100 students at St Francis Preparatory School in Queens have complained of flu-like symptoms. City officials said they were still evaluating the students and did not confirm whether they had all been tested for swine flu.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said 17 more students probably have it but that the strain of flu in New York does not match the one in Mexico.
“So far we have no evidence that is consistent with the evidence in Mexico,” he said. “But their definition of serious illness may be different.”
Most of the cases in the U.S. have recovered or are recovering in stark contrast to Mexico where the number of suspected swine flu deaths has risen to 149.
Cases of swine flu have been reported in California, Texas, Ohio, Kansas and Michigan.
Health officials in Canada have confirmed six cases – four in Nova Scotia and two in British Columbia.
In all six cases, those infected had recently traveled to Mexico.
Across the Atlantic, two cases were confirmed in Britain.
Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Health Secretary confirmed that a man and woman had tested positive. Both are patients at Monklands Hospital in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, and are “recovering well”.
The first case in Europe was confirmed by Spain’s health ministry earlier today.
Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez said the patient is a young man who had recently returned from Mexico where he had been as part of his university studies.
The man is from Almansa, in the Castilla-La Mancha region, and is responding well to treatment.
Another 20 people in Spain are suspected of having the disease.